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Elder Scrolls Online High Isle - Release date, story, gameplay, companions, more

Here's everything you need to know about Elder Scrolls Online's latest chapter including the story, gameplay, companions, release date, and more.
Elder Scrolls Online High Isle - Release date, story, gameplay, companions, more

The popular MMO RPG, Elder Scrolls Online, is all set to receive its new yearly expansion called High Isle. The High Isle is part of ESO's year-long Legacy of the Bretons storyline that kicked off earlier this year with the Ascending Tide update.

Elder Scrolls Online: High Isle expansion takes place in Systres Archipelago, a set of islands not explored or seen in past Elder Scrolls games. Aside from a brand new region to explore, players can expect a ton of new story and side quests, new companions, a new raid, a new card game, and more. With that said, here's everything players need to know about Eldern Scrolls Online: High Isle before it launches.

Elder Scrolls Online High Isle - story and setting

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High Isle is home to the Bretons. (Picture: Bethesda)

As mentioned before, The High Isle expansion brings players to uncharted territories. You will travel to High Isle, the largest island in Systres Archipelago, home to the Bretons.

High Isle is an exotic Mediterranian island wrapped in a politically dire situation. To make things worse, a shadowy cult called The Ascendant Order, led by the mysterious Ascendant Knight is looking to cause havoc in the entire Tamriel.

The coastal outskirts of High Isle and the European architecture could remind players of Novigrad and Toussaint from The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt. It's a welcome change that should entice new players to ESO.

Elder Scrolls Online High Isle gameplay

Elder Scrolls Online High Isle gameplay
The High Isle expansion adds new quests, dungeons, world events, and more. (Picture: Bethesda)

The High Isle expansion adds a plethora of new quests, weapons, equipment, and other rewards. Players can expect a brand new trial, ESO's 12 players' high-level raid that offers some of the best loot in the game.

The High Isle update also adds two new Dungeons, ESO's four-player PvE mode that features some of the most difficult enemies and bosses in the game.

Similar to the previous ESO expansions, The High Isle expansion also adds a brand new world event called "Volcanic Vents." For those unaware, these are similar to Destiny's public events or Dragon Age Inquisition's fade rifts, where you fight a group of enemies in the world to disrupt a calamity.

Elder Scrolls Online High Isle companions

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High Isle adds two new companions to Elder Scrolls Online. (Picture: Bethesda)

The Blackwood expansion added companions to ESO for the first time, giving solo players an extra advantage. The High Isle update is set to continue the tradition and would add two new companions to the game. They are Ember and Isobel.

Ember is a Khajit mage, whereas Isobel is a Breton warrior. To hire these companions, players have to complete their introductory quests. Once that happens, players can level up their skills, equip new gear, and more.

Every companion has a unique personality, and depending on the story choices, their behavior towards player characters would change. For instance, Isobel can turn up against the player character if their decisions don't positively affect the Bretons.

Elder Scrolls Online Card game

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Tales of Tribute is a new tavern card game coming to Elder Scrolls Online with the High Isle update. (Picture: Bethesda)

Following the tradition of card games in fantasy and post-apocalyptic games, Elder Scrolls Online is getting its own card game called Tales of Tribute with the High Isle update. 

Much like the Gwent in The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt or the Machine Strike in Horizon Forbidden West, Tales of Tribute is an optional mini-game that players can play against the game's various NPCs or other players.

The Tales of Tribute has its own questline that players can follow. Begin by talking to an NPC - Bragas, who would then guide players through the tutorial. Winning a match of Tales of Tribute will reward players with Coffers, which contain items like gold and crafting materials.

Elder Scrolls Online High Isle release date

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The High Isle update comes to PC and Mac before consoles. (Picture: Bethesda)

Elder  Scrolls Online High Isle will release on 6th June 2022, for PC and Mac, whereas the PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S versions of the game will release on 21st June 2022.


That's everything players need to know about before the Elder Scrolls Online High Isle expansion launches. Do check our dedicated Elder Scrolls Online section for more news, guides, and features on the High Isle expansion pack and future ESO-related content.

Featured image courtesy of Bethesda.